Re: What I've learned from Giren's Greed...


Prabal Nandy (nandy@U.Arizona.EDU)
Tue, 5 Jan 1999 16:49:00 -0700 (MST)


> > radiation. I can buy a $9 laser-pointer from "Target" and stick that on
> > the end of a missile and have it always pointing at the mothership and
> > 'burst downloading' data as it flies.
> > But that isn't really necessary. Just use a "Space Tomahawk" given an
> > image of its target to hit!
> Perhaps, but remember how much beam scatter that there is with lasers. Plus, the
> firing platform has to remain absolutely still or it loses signal and control...

  If we can have student built satellites built from radio-shack
technology TODAY (A team of which I am an advisor for) with
laser-communications systems onboard communicating with ground stations,
rest assured that in 200 years we should _still_ have the technology to
put it on a missile! (Which I'll bet is NOT 50 kilometers away and moving
at Mach 23+!)

                                                                -Probe



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